AB de Villiers © Getty Images
AB de Villiers © Getty Images

Nov 23, 2014

Australia snatched victory from the clinching jaws of defeat to seal the five match One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa with a game in hand. The premature end to the series leaves the dead rubber of a match in Sydney with enormous room for experimentation.

South Africa are sure to feel that they missed out on a golden opportunity to refurbish their otherwise impeccable ODI record in Australia by handing over the fourth ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a platter. It was a match they threatened to dominate at various stages of the game but failed to grab by the horns each time. Catch the live coverage on startsports.com, and the live telecast of the match on Star Sports 2 and  Star Sports HD 2.

The form of the top and middle-order augers well for Australia in the absence of Michael Clarke but they must guard against complacency and over experimentation. On the bowling front, Josh Hazlewood has led the way with nine wickets in the series so far. His wickets of Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla were timely as they turned the course of the third ODI.

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